This morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Salvation Army Christmas Breakfast Roast and Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff in Lexington. Dr. Pearse Lyons, the founder and president of Alltech, found himself in the hot seat at this year’s roast. It was a joy to join local celebrities such as Dr. Lyons, UK Basketball Coach John Calipari and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray for such an important cause. The Salvation Army uses all of the money raised from the event to help Kentucky families in need.
From Lexington, I traveled to Versailles for a Keep Kentucky Kids Safe presentation at Woodford County High School. We met with a fantastic group of students today, and I really enjoyed sharing our prescription drug abuse prevention message with them. Ms. Forgy, the school’s associate principal, did an excellent job helping us organize the program at Woodford County High, and I’m grateful for her support. Around 1,250 students attended this morning’s presentation! My hope is that by presenting these programs at schools across the Commonwealth, we can save future generations of Kentuckians from the deadly consequences of prescription pill abuse.
Right now, middle and high school students in Kentucky can help me spread the prescription drug abuse prevention message by participating in our annual PSA contest. Students should create a 30-second video warning others about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The contest deadline is just one month away, and the first place winner will receive an Apple iPad donated by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. You can find all of the details about the competition by visiting my website at ag.ky.gov/rxabuse. I encourage all students to participate, and I’m looking forward to seeing many creative and informational videos.
While you’re visiting the website, I hope you’ll check out my monthly column just posted this week. Protecting consumers from scams is the focus of the piece, and it’s also one of my top priorities as your Attorney General. Unfortunately, scammers will use the recent rollout of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to try and collect your personal and financial information. In the column, you can learn valuable tips from my Office of Consumer Protection to help keep you safe from scammers as you shop for health care coverage. This month’s column is available here. You can also read about all of the great work my office accomplished during the month of October in our monthly newsletter, Kentucky General News.
Finally, this Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a time when our nation pauses to remember veterans both past and present. I am so grateful for the service of our military members, and I encourage you to join Elizabeth and me on Monday in recognizing and thanking our many veterans for their service to our country.